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FIVE QUESTIONS FOR OUR DEPARTING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS: ALEKSANDRA KOSTIC

Aleks Kostic joined OrACORe as a research assistant after graduating from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a minor in Dance in 2020. Throughout her time at OrACORe, Aleks led her co-RAs in running the OAPol Model, a computer simulation model that evaluates cost-effectiveness and quality of life of potential treatment strategies for knee…

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR OUR DEPARTING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS: CLAIRE MCHUGH

Claire started at OrACORe in July 2020 after graduating from Northeastern University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Political Science. In her time at OrACORe, Claire led her co-RAs in the operation of the ORBIT registry and MeTeOR study. Outside of the office, Claire joined her colleagues in volunteering for the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) as a…

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR OUR DEPARTING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS: ZOE ZIMMERMAN

Zoe Zimmerman began working as an OrACORe research assistant in the summer of 2020 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. In her time at OrACORe, Zoe led her co-RAs in the operation of the TeMPO study, a research study investigating non-operative therapies for over 800 individuals with meniscal tears. Outside of…

THE ROAD TO PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY: DR. NAZLEEN KHAN JOINS THE COMET T-32 PROGRAM

Dr. Nazleen Khan’s passion for pharmacoepidemiology began as a public health major at the University of Maryland. Upon exposure to the transformative impact that a career in drug safety research can have on the world, Khan pursued a PhD in the field and developed an interest in drug interactions along the way. Now a T-32 postdoctoral fellow, Khan’s research bridges…

OrACORe Joins the Osteoarthritis Clinical Trials Network

In 2021, OrACORe was appointed as the Coordinating Center for the Arthritis Foundation’s Osteoarthritis Clinical Trials Network (OACTN) focused on post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis (PTOA). This award offers great opportunities to collaborate with esteemed colleagues in pursuit of research questions that advance our understanding of PTOA and its prevention and treatment. Read more about the OACTN here: https://www.arthritis.org/science/oa-clinical-trial-network/about-oactn

On Being a Physician-Scientist: Dr. Gregory McDermott Joins the COMET T-32 Program

From studying history at Middlebury college to pursuing medicine post-undergrad, rheumatologist Dr. Gregory McDermott’s unconventional career journey is one that led him to become a physician-researcher whose clinical observations inform his research questions. In this blog post, Dr. McDermott muses on his transition from history to medicine, his passion for rheumatology, and his COMET T-32 research project involving ankylosing spondyloarthritis,…

Investigating the Underpinnings of Diagnostic Delay in An Adolescent Hip Disorder: Lacey Smith Joins the COMET T-32 Program

Lacey Smith’s enthusiasm for taking a multifaceted approach to understanding interconnected systems started in college as an Anatomy & Physiology Teaching Assistant. After a lifechanging fellowship in Thomassique, Haiti, Smith was inspired to pursue medicine with a focus on health equity. Now a T-32 pre-doctoral fellow at OrACORe, Smith is redefining what it means to pursue a career in orthopaedic…

Reflecting on Our Change Ecosystem: Volunteerism at OrACORe

In May 2020, the OrACORe team organized an anti-racism taskforce led by our research assistants with the purpose of participating in active discussions centered on social equity and racial justice. Recognizing that going beyond discussion and engaging with our communities is important, we formed a community engagement taskforce focused on connecting with communities and organizations in the Boston area. In…

Physician Profiles: Morgan H. Jones, MD, MPH

Morgan H. Jones, MD, MPH (MHJ) is an orthopaedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Jones was previously involved in the MeTeOR and TeMPO studies at our Cleveland Clinic site. We are excited to welcome him to Boston and to the OrACORe team where he is the Principal Investigator of CoMeT (Corticosteroid Meniscectomy Randomized Trial). Dr. Jones talked with…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Mahima Kumara

Mahima joined OrACORe in August 2021, after graduating from Yale College in May 2020 with a BA in Statistics & Data Science. After college, she spent a year on a fellowship with the Yale Music in Schools Initiative, teaching and organizing music education programs for students in New Haven Public Schools. At Yale, Mahima sang and played piano in the…

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